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Eagles will keep camp at Lehigh through 2013

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At a time when more and more NFL teams are conducting training camp at their in-season (and offseason) practice facilities, count the Eagles among the group that will continue to go off-site.

The team announced that training camp will remain at Lehigh University, at least through 2013.

“Lehigh University has been an incredible partner of ours, and we couldn’t be more excited about returning for an 18th training camp in 2013,” Eagles president Don Smolenski said. “They provide us with first-class accommodations year in and year out — not only for the players, coaches and staff, but also for the thousands of fans who attend the practices every day.  We have a great relationship with Lehigh as evidenced by the communication we had through the lockout last season, which allowed us to hit the ground running once football activities resumed.  We’re looking forward to another successful summer at Lehigh.”

The Eagles started holding training camp at Lehigh in 1996, two years after the team was purchased by Jeffrey Lurie.

Though it makes sense from a cost standpoint to conduct training camp at the first-rate practice accommodations most if not all teams already have, the limited duration of the offseason program and the limited contact in training camp could make the old-fashioned approach more valuable.

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6 Responses to “Eagles will keep camp at Lehigh through 2013”
  1. myvickinabox14 says: Jul 10, 2012 2:12 PM

    I love it up there, plus the increased revenue for the locals during that time period is off the charts. It works out well for all parties

  2. babych99 says: Jul 10, 2012 3:46 PM

    Lovd it much more when they held it at West Chester U prior to that. As kids we’d ride our bikes to the campus and wait to get all the autographs we could handle. It was all good times, throwing the pigskin around, until an errant pass smacked right into the side window of Jerome Brown’s ride, we hightailed it out of there!

  3. invaiduh says: Jul 10, 2012 6:50 PM

    trust me I lived by and went to that school. you can’t call it first class until they get a/c in the 100 yr old dorms.
    p.s. they should prob cover the peep holes the facility service crew put in the ducts. creepy as hell. wouldn’t send my daughter there.

  4. invaiduh says: Jul 10, 2012 8:17 PM

    and BTW. the casino should be enough new revenue for the “locals”. nobody’s depending on the eagirls.
    strong as Bethlehem steel.

  5. philly2boston says: Jul 10, 2012 8:46 PM

    West Chester was good times.. the drive and nighlife was more fan friendly too.

  6. mancave001 says: Jul 10, 2012 9:05 PM

    Count me as a “wish they came back to West Chester University” person.

    WCU ’99

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